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  • = Key Development Friday 12th September
  • 14:31 Story (2 links): Chancellor: £2.4bn in new deals with China

    PoliticsHome Chancellor: £2.4bn in new deals with China Story View links

    George Osborne will announce £2.4bn worth of new commercial contracts between British and Chinese firms today.

    The Chancellor will welcome China’s vice-premier Ma Kai for the sixth annual bilateral economic summit today.

    Among the announcements will be that Chinese bank ICBC will open a new branch in the UK and the creation of a new museum exchange programme.

  • 00:01 Treasury: British firms poised for more investment in China as annual economic summit begins in London Press Release

    00:01| Press Release

    Treasury press release British firms poised for more investment in China as annual economic summit begins in London The Chancellor has today hailed a decisive move in the UK-China relationship, announcing over £2.4 billion in new commer... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 4th September
  • 23:18 Bernard Jenkin: I am furious with Carswell, he will deeply regret defecting On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | BBC Newsnight Video George Osborne MP

    Bernard Jenkin said he was "furious" with Douglas Carswell for defecting to Ukip, and that he would "deeply regret it". "I really want to win this election, I really think it would be a disasterous result for this country if we don't win... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 3rd September
  • 00:01 Treasury: Chancellor comments on Global Competitiveness Report Press Release

    00:01| Press Release

    A press release from the Treasury: Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne said on the Global Competitiveness Report: "This is great news - and further evidence that our long term economic plan is seen by the world to be delivering ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 2nd September
  • 12:20 Osborne: Autumn Statement will take place December 3 PoliticsHome News

    Osborne: Autumn Statement will take place December 3 PoliticsHome News

    This year's Autumn Statement will be delivered on December 3, the Chancellor has confirmed. At Treasury Questions, George Osborne said: "The core purpose of the Treasury is to ensure the stability and prosperity of the economy. That ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 29th August
  • 11:33 George Osborne: Carswell defection counter-productive Campaign Diary

    11:33 | Campaign Diary | PoliticsHome Campaign Diary

    George Osborne reacted to the defection of Conservative MP Douglas Carswell to the UK Independence Party. "I think it's regrettable and frankly counter-productive. As Carswell himself says they way to get a referendum on membership of th... Continue to article

  • 09:12 HM Treasury: Chancellor launches tax relief, encouraging regional theatre touring productions Press Release

    09:12| Press Release

    HM Treasury Press Release Chancellor launches tax relief, encouraging regional theatre touring productions The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt. Hon. George Osborne MP, today visited the Theatre Royal in Brighton to launch the new theatr... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 27th August
  • 14:22 LabourList blog: Failing to meet export targets – Osborne has got it wrong again,says Mahmood News

    Blog | LabourList source icon

    Today, Shabana Mahmood, Shadow Treasury Minister, has explained how George Osborne has failed to meet export targets he set for himself . Continue to article

  • 13:20 Labour: New export figures revealed Press Release

    13:20| Press Release

      Labour press release By Shabana Mahmood MP, Labour's Shadow Treasury Minister While David Cameron and George Osborne complacently claim the economy is now fixed, the truth is most people are worse off under the Tories. And the fi... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 11th August
  • 07:03 Jason Beattie: George Osborne should be held to account even if he's scared of the question News

    Opinion | Daily Mirror source icon

    Jason Beattie asks whether George Osborne would make the same decisions on cutting welfare or increasing taxes such as VAT if he were on an average salary Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 8th August
  • 13:59 Political cat news: George Osborne's Freya hit by a car outside Downing Street last night. News

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    Political cat news: George Osborne's Freya hit by a car outside Downing Street last night. Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 6th August
  • 12:58 Steerpike blog: Team Boris vs Team Osborne — the first skirmish News

    Blog | Coffee House source icon

    Today was set to be a boring day in Westminster. Sajid Javid, a courtier to George Osborne, was billed to give (yet another) speech about how the economy is going… Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 5th August
  • 11:56 George Osborne: Warsi's resignation is disappointing and unnecessary On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | BBC News Video George Osborne MP

    George Osborne said Baroness Warsi's resignation over the Government's response to the Gaza conflict was "unecessary".  "I think this is a disappointing and frankly unnecessary decision. The British Government is working with others in t... Continue to article

  • 08:10 George Osborne: We need to make sure that we’ve got a northern powerhouse On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video George Osborne MP

    George Osborne hailed today’s ‘One North’ report calling for investment in northern infrastructure.  “I think it’s a very imaginative set of proposals. It’s in part a response to what I said a few months ago which is we need to bring our... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 1st August
  • 12:52 George Osborne: Libor fine will go to injured soldiers On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | Sky News Video George Osborne MP

    George Osborne said the fine paid by Lloyds Bank for manipulating the Libor rate would go to support injured soldiers and their families. "Lloyds Bank have been fined £100m for manipulating the market; that is a terrible thing for them t... Continue to article

  • 11:39 LabourList blog: Is Osborne using public money to fund an election tour? News

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    George Osborne is facing serious questions about the use of taxpayers’ money used to fund an “infrastructure tour”, where he tours marginal constituencies. Continue to article

  • 09:19 No 10: Eastbourne to receive £2 million from Government after pier fire Press Release

    09:19| Press Release

    No 10 press release Eastbourne to receive £2 million from Government after pier fire   Up to £2 million to help Eastbourne’s tourism industry recover from the loss of their pier earlier this week, will be announced today by the Prime Mini... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 30th July
  • 11:45 Transcript: Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls' speech - The Choice on the Economy Transcripts

    Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls' speech - The Choice on the Economy Transcripts

    It’s great to be back here in Bedford supporting your campaign. Because it’s vital that we win here in this marginal constituency – and in seats across this region from Stevenage to Ipswich, Watford to Waveney – if we are to get the Tori... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 25th July
  • 10:44 George Osborne: Growth figures are a major milestone for UK economy On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | Pooled clip Video George Osborne MP

    George Osborne welcomed the news that economic growth in the UK has returned to pre–crisis levels. “We have learned that the British economy is now bigger than it was in the great recession in 2008. It is thanks to the hard work of the B... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 23rd July
  • 07:07 Sun: £12bn black hole as sale of student loans book abandoned (£) News

    News | The Sun source icon

    GEORGE Osborne was hit with a fresh £12bn black hole in the nation's coffers after ministers abandoned the sale of the student loans book. Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 17th July
  • 20:00 A Little More Conversation The House Magazine

    20:00 | The House Magazine | PoliticsHome The House Magazine A Little More Conversation

      Words: Paul Waugh and Daniel Bond Photos: Paul Heartfield    “To defeat a populist party, you defeat them conversation by conversation, doorstep by doorstep, street by street, community by community.” Douglas Alexander is i... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 11th July
  • 15:29 George Osborne: Sale of Royal Mail offered real opportunities to its workers On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | Pooled Clip Video George Osborne MP

    George Osborne said the Government had succeeded where past government's had failed in selling off the Royal Mail, adding the sale offered "real opportunities" to its 150,000 employees. "The sale of Royal Mail has brought new money into ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 10th July
  • 07:10 Dave Prentis: Something has to give on pay restraint – enough is enough On air

    On Air | Dave Prentis | General Secretary, Unison | Good Morning Britain, ITV Video Dave Prentis

    Dave Prentis said public sector workers had lost patience over low pay and poor working conditions. “Don’t forget, when George Osborne said that low-paid public service workers in 2011 would receive a £250 bonus and again in 2012, for so... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 8th July
  • 13:50 George Osborne: Modi has enthused India and shown real spirit to bring country together On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | World At One, BBC Radio 4 Video George Osborne MP

    George Osborne has praised India’s new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, for a “stunning victory” which he said no one could have predicted. "We should first of all congratulate Mr Modi on a stunning victory. No one could have predicted tha... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 7th July
  • 13:12 Transcript: Foreign Secretary William Hague speech in Mumbai Transcripts

    Foreign Secretary William Hague speech in Mumbai Transcripts

    On the first day his joint visit to India with Chancellor George Osborne, William Hague has made a speech to business, education and civil society representatives in Mumbai.   The Foreign Secretary said:   I am delighted to be here in India... Continue to article

  • 10:53 Transcript: Chancellor's speech in India: 'Good days are coming' Transcripts

    Chancellor's speech in India: 'Good days are coming' Transcripts

    Full text of the Chancellor's speech during his visit to India. Mumbai is the financial capital of this great country - and so there’s no better place to talk about the deep economic partnership between my nation and yours, and what we c... Continue to article

  • 07:53 George Osborne: Abuse review will be independent and authoritative On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video George Osborne MP

    George Osborne said the Government would ensure that the review into child abuse allegations would go “as far as it needs” to uncover the truth.   “In my view, it needs to go as far as it needs to go to find out what happened. That’s the... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 4th July
  • 15:50 In Brief Events

    15:50 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Labour leader Ed Miliband (09.45) speaks at the Sutton Trust/Pearson summit in London on higher education where he is expected to announce Labour's plans for vocational education. Skills minister Matthew Hancock (14.00) and education commit... Continue to article

  • 15:48 In Brief Events

    15:48 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Prime minister David Cameron and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg have announced new growth deals for local authorities and businesses  Labour leader Ed Miliband announces new local council devolution plans Home secretary Theresa May ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 3rd July
  • 07:21 First News: George Osborne Defends Prime Minister's Questions when grilled in Hot Seat Interview On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | Video George Osborne MP

    Chancellor George Osborne was forced to enter into the debate over Prime Minister’s Questions today, in the opening edition of a new interview series launched by children’s newspaper First News and Sky News. Prime Minister’s Questions is in... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 2nd July
  • 23:16 Ed Balls: Labour will cut business rates, not corporation tax On air

    On Air | Ed Balls MP | Shadow Chancellor | Newsnight, BBC 2 Video Ed Balls MP

    Ed Balls confirmed Labour would not cut corporation tax if it came to power, instead pushing for lower business rates "I said that we supported the cut in corporation tax down from 33p down to 21p. I said we wanted to keep the lowest lev... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 1st July
  • 10:18 Miliband outlines 'economic powerhouses' plan PoliticsHome News

    Miliband outlines 'economic powerhouses' plan PoliticsHome News

    Ed Miliband has set out plans to devolve funding and powers to regions and cities. The proposals, which are based on a review by former Cabinet minister Lord Adonis, will see regions keep any additional revenue that is raised from busin... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 30th June
  • 12:01 Lobby:No 10: Widespread acceptance in EU that treaty change is required Lobby Briefings

    12:01 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    Downing Street did not deny that some of EU reforms sought by the Prime Minister would require treaty change and the unanimous support of other countries. The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman: "He thinks there is going to be treaty ch... Continue to article

  • 10:53 Balls: Labour will support British business and tackle tax avoidance PoliticsHome News

    Balls: Labour will support British business and tackle tax avoidance PoliticsHome News

    Ed Balls has set out plans for reform of the tax system, which included a commitment to keeping corporation tax below 26.5% and clamping down on tax avoidance. The Shadow Chancellor attempted to establish a clear stance on Labour’s relat... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 29th June
  • 09:38 Ed Balls: I share Cruddas' frustration, but no Labour split On air

    On Air | Ed Balls MP | Shadow Chancellor | Andrew Marr Show, BBC One Video Ed Balls MP

    Ed Balls insisted Labour was not afraid to take radical decisions and denied there was a split with policy review chief Jon Cruddas, after he described a “dead hand” at the centre of the party blocking bold reform. “We’re going to come u... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 26th June
  • 10:41 Treasury statement: Treasury: New lending limits for Help to Buy mortgage guarantee loans Press Release

    10:41| Press Release | Treasury Treasury

    Treasury press release The government has today announced that no new loans at or above 4.5 times borrowers’ income can be included in the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme, following the introduction of a Loan-To-Income (LTI) limit ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 25th June
  • 17:31 Ed Balls says Osborne 'not engaged' over OBR scrutiny of party manifestos House of Commons

    Ed Balls says Osborne 'not engaged' over OBR scrutiny of party manifestos House of Commons

    Ed Balls urged the House of Commons to support his proposals for the OBR to audit parties’ manifestos, ahead of a vote later today. The Shadow Chancellor also accused George Osborne of not engaging on the issue, as the Chancellor failed ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 24th June
  • 14:17 Damian McBride blog: OK then, answer me this… News

    Blog | Damian McBride source icon

    Given the fact that – the moment the verdict on Andy Coulson was announced in the House of Commons – George Osborne began using the ‘Aha, what about Damian McBride’ defence, it’s safe to assume this is what’s known as the ‘line to take’ for the Tories, and doubtless we’ll hear it again when David Cameron makes his own ‘apology’ to the House of Commons. Continue to article

  • 12:30 Balls and Osborne clash over Coulson House of Commons

    Balls and Osborne clash over Coulson House of Commons

    Ed Balls has accused George Osborne of bringing the Government into disrepute by hiring Andy Coulson, after the former No 10 communications chief was found guilty of phone hacking. Following a long-running trial stemming from allegation... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 23rd June
  • 14:10 Dot Commons: High Speed three-line whip Dot Commons

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    Ed Balls said "nobody will believe" George Osborne's claims to be planning to regenerate the North with a new high-speed rail link. The IEA called it a "headline-grabbing vanity project". However, Natalie Rowe aka Madam Pain, just simply th...

  • 12:43 John Prescott: Osborne is using HS3 to win votes in marginals On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | Video George Osborne MP

    John Prescott accused George Osborne of using plans for High Speed 3 to win votes in marginal constituencies.  “I did [have a vision for high speed rail in northern England] in 2004 and here it is, he [George Osborne] has even nicked the... Continue to article

  • 09:30 Transcript: George Osborne speech: We need a Northern powerhouse Transcripts

    George Osborne speech: We need a Northern powerhouse Transcripts

    Welcome to the Power Hall in the great Museum of Science and Industry here in Manchester. We are surrounded by the beam engines and hydraulic accumulators and turbines that made this part of Britain the economic powerhouse of the world a... Continue to article

  • 09:09 Osbo's 'northern powerhouse' call PoliticsHome News

    Osbo's 'northern powerhouse' call PoliticsHome News

    George Osborne outlined his ambition to create a “northern powerhouse” of cities to rival London by improving transport links. The Chancellor floated the idea of a new high-speed rail link to boost the economy of the region – a plan that w... Continue to article

  • 08:09 George Osborne: Time to create a northern powerhouse to rival London On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video George Osborne MP

    George Osborne outlined his ambition to create a “northern powerhouse” by improving transport links between cities in the north of England and potentially introducing elected mayors.   “In this country we have some great cities, but none... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 22nd June
  • 09:45 Chuka Umunna: George Osborne should stop being a coward and let the OBR audit Labour's economic plans On air

    On Air | Chuka Umunna MP | Shadow Business Secretary | The Andrew Marr Show, BBC One Video Chuka Umunna MP

    Chuka Umunna accused the Chancellor of “running scared” of allowing the Office for Budget Responsibility to audit Labour’s economic strategy in the run up to the 2015 general election.   “One of the things we are asking for, and there is... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 19th June
  • 11:20 George Osborne: Labour welfare plan means more spending and borrowing On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | Pooled clip Video George Osborne MP

    George Osborne argued more borrowing and spending would be required to fund Labour's proposed welfare reforms. “Our economic plan means that welfare bills are coming down, and work always pays. If you look in detail at this Labour plan –... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 17th June
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Chancellor: £2.4bn in new deals with China

George Osborne will announce £2.4bn worth of new commercial contracts between British and Chinese firms today.

The Chancellor will welcome China’s vice-premier Ma Kai for the sixth annual bilateral economic summit today.

Among the announcements will be that Chinese bank ICBC will open a new branch in the UK and the creation of a new museum exchange programme.


Mortgage lending is still tight despite a rise in the number of approvals in July. Mortgages advanced to customers increased to 56,000, up 7% on June, according the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) said.


Osborne drawn into wind farm row

George Osborne is putting pressure on David Cameron to drop some of the Coalition's green policies, including building more onshore wind-turbines, his father in law has claimed in an undercover video. A Greenpeace activist posing as an anti-windfarm lobbyist filmed Lord Howell and Tory MP Peter Lilley saying that Osborne used the recent ministerial reshuffle to "get people into key positions who could begin to get the Government off the hook from the commitments it made very foolishly".


Introducing elected mayors would stop brain drain from the North

Introducing elected mayors in the north of England could prevent a “brain drain” from the region, according to a think tank.

A report by Policy Exchange says elected mayors would be better placed to attract technology companies to the North and create thousands of new high-tech jobs in the process.

The Chancellor, George Osborne, has previously backed the idea of introducing more elected mayors in UK cities, saying such a move would help create a 'northern powerhouse'.


Osbo announces new Office for Unconventional Gas

George Osborne has announced the creation of a new Office for Unconventional Gas after an independent science panel gave the go ahead for the controversial fracking process, albeit under a tight safety regime. The Chancellor's ‘dash for gas’ has been criticised by environments who fear Britain will not be able to meet carbon reduction targets.


Osborne warns of future slowdown

The eurozone crisis, the US fiscal situation and a slowdown in emerging markets could usher in another global recession, George Osborne has warned a conference in Tokyo.

The warning comes as the IMF and eurozone reach a deadlock on how much of Greece's debt should be written down, with the IMF arguing £24bn writedowns will be necessary to solve the crisis.